Up the Creek 1 hour Darwin Harbour Cruise

Darwin City, Australia
Likely to Sell Out

From USD 39.14

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the rich marine life and fascinating maritime history of Darwin Harbour on a sightseeing cruise. Learn how human activity has shaped the working harbor, from aboriginal uses to World War II bombings and the hippie movement of the 1970s. Visit the site of a shipwreck, wind through a mangrove waterway, and watch the patterns of modern-day boat traffic while your captain narrates. Keep a close eye out for native birds, sea creatures, and crocs that call the harbor home.
  • Sightseeing cruise in Darwin Harbour
  • Discover the history of the Northern Territory's tropical gateway
  • Look for birds, mammals, and sea life in the harbor's diverse habitats
  • Hear how wars, shipwrecks, cyclones, and cultural movements have shaped the working harbor over the years
  • See where the historic telegraph cable from England reached Australia

What's Included

  • Harbor cruise
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Taste of Saltie Gin
  • Visit to a Crocodile Trap
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 45 Stokes Hill Rd
    45 Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

    Departure Point: Dock 2, Stokes Hill Wharf Address: Dock 2  Stokes Hill Wharf Darwin Waterfront Dates: Daily except Mondays and Thursdays Return point: Passengers return to Dock 2 at 2pm

Start time

01:00 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Sea Darwin

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Our tour guides, the captain and mate were very friendly, helpful and informative, interesting facts of Darwins history. Booking was easy. Great value for money. Thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing boat ride. Recommended as a short tour must do!


36 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Cheryl_D, May 2023
Information given about Darwin Small group Fun aspect of snake and gin tasting Beautiful on the harbour
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Cheryl, Thankyou for your kind words. We agree - an hour out on Darwin Harbour looking at the habitat, history and intrigue is a beautiful thing!
Up the creek with a paddle
Di_G, Apr 2023
What a great experience. Enjoyable trip around Darwin Harbor. Good value, humorous guide. Great views and perspective from water looking back at land. Enjoyed hearing history of Darwin. Perfect length at one hour.
This was an excellent...
Therese_W, Sept 2022
This was an excellent boat tour. Very informative and lots of fun. Totally recommend this tour to anyone coming in to Darwin.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thankyou Theresa, we're chuffed that you loved the highlights as much as we do. We agree, its a lovely hour on the water!
Express harbour cruise
Jennifer_W, July 2022
Great guide, really easy to listen to. A fun cruise. Learnt quite a lot in a short time. A beautiful harbour.
Response from Host, July 2022
Hi Jennifer, we agree that Darwin Harbour is big and beautiful, especially in the dry season when the water takes on that azure colour. We are glad that you had fun aboard and enjoyed the cruise.
Fun Darwin Harbour Time
Sandi_M, July 2022
Enjoyed the trip as Alan knew quite a bit of Darwins history. Enjoyed the fast pace here and there also ;)
Response from Host, July 2022
We think we've found a great balance with lots of information and a little bit of speed! Thanks for the review.
A must
Vanessa_g, Apr 2022
Very well thought out right down to the last minute something for everyone family from Tasmania they loved it aswell
Harbour dash
Sara_C, Aug 2021
Great narration on Darwin harbour highlights. Interesting way that potentially homeless people are able to rent a boat to sleep on. Very interesting
Caren_B, July 2021
Really enjoyed the Darwin Harbour tour. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining and the scenery beautiful.
Response from Host, July 2021
Thanks Caren, we're glad that you enjoyed your Darwin Harbour Highlights cruise.
Highly recommended for a refreshing short tour!
Brenda_H, July 2021
Our tour guides, the captain and mate were very friendly, helpful and informative, interesting facts of Darwins history. Booking was easy. Great value for money. Thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing boat ride. Recommended as a short tour must do!
Response from Host, July 2021
Hi Brenda, thankyou for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate your comments about the value for money.
It was very boring
Lyndall_A, May 2021
We were very disappointed with the cruise. The 2 gentlemen who took the cruise were very good but it was so boring. Looking at mangrove trees a ship through a TV screen and looking at Parliament House. The best part was getting off the boat onto the sandbank. That was the only picture I took. The tiniest piece of mango with chocolate. I am very sorry to say this but for $90 it was not worth it.
Response from Host, May 2021
Hi Lyndall, we are disappointed that you didn’t enjoy your harbour highlights cruise. The ticket price of $45 per person ($90 for 2 of you) included an hour on the boat taking in the mangrove estuary, the Darwin city seascape, the war history, a Cyclone Tracy shipwreck and on your particular cruise you also had the opportunity to visit the Cullen Bay sandbar. Also, as a treat the Captain offered some dried chocolate coated mango from Darwin’s chocolate factory. We are relieved that most of our guests don’t share your views that our harbour is boring or that our cruise is not value for money. Thankyou though for your compliments about the crew, they do enjoy their job showcasing Darwin Harbour to those who have an interest.
See Darwin Differently
Chris_K, Jan 2020
This cruise was a great way to see another part of Darwin & to see the city from a different perspective. The guys give a great amount of information about Darwin’s history particularly involving the harbour. I wished I’d had the time to do their WW11 cruise as I’m sure it would’ve been different and really interesting too. Thanks guys for a great time on the harbour.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Hi Chris, Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate your comments.
Up the creek, with a paddle! Great tour
Ian_C, Jan 2020
Thanks Rob the tour was professional and has a down to earth reality, informative and enjoyable Great boat for the tour and well equipped, safety is a priority.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Cheers Chappy! Thank you for your kind words which put a smile on our faces. We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to Rob.
Nice harbour tour
Geert_C, Aug 2019
Really nice tour. Two enthusiastic guides. Seen beautiful coastline of Darwin Harbour. Not too expensive, really worth it!
short and sweet boat ride on the harbour
Linda P, Aug 2019
Knowledgeable, friendly staff, comfortable boat, lots of points of interest, a taste of crocodile spread on a cracker. Felt safe and valued as a customer.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Cheers Linda, what a lovely compliment! We certainly do value our customers. Thanks for choosing us, and for taking the time to write a review.
U2214LYvaleriam, July 2019
We enjoyed the trip very much. The crew gave us a lot of useful information about the harbour and surroundings. Very friendly people, thank you for making our visit to Darwing so pleasant.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Hi, thanks for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed the cruise.
June Brown
June_B, July 2019
Really enjoyed this. Excellent value. Great staff and comentry. Perhaps boat layout does make it difficult for some viewing though.
Just lovely!
Rebecca S, Apr 2019
Family run business - very personable, knowledgeable and welcoming. I really rated the copious cups of icy cold water that were free of charge. Soft drink, cider and beer (served icy cold also) were very reasonably priced and readily available. Felt very comfortable and safe throughout the journey. Highly recommend!
Excellent views of Darwin harbour...
Elizabeth B, Apr 2018
Excellent views of Darwin harbour and a lot of knowledge on the defence of borders , natural resources , and Second World War. Definetly recommend
A great way to view Darwin from a...
Libby S, Sept 2017
A great way to view Darwin from a different perspective, and a lovely way to spend a hot afternoon. The boat only holds a small number of people, and is very comfortable, shady and rides smoothly. Our guide was really well informed and obviously passionate about the city...we were shown all sorts of interesting things from naval docks to new apartments built on reclaimed mangroves. It was the only harbour cruise I found that didn't just show you the sunset-really informative,fun and highly recommended. Nice too that it's a family business :
Båd tur
annikoldso, Oct 2019
Super bådtur.Spændende at se Darwin fra vandsiden og sjovt at få lov til at komme af på den store sandbanke i vandet. Flinke turguider.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Tak for din venlige anmeldelse. Vi er glade for, at du nød sandbjælken. Vi videregiver dine komplimenter til vores rejseguider.

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